Operational issues plague Venezuelan petro blockchain, affecting user transactions


  • The blockchain of Venezuela’s official cryptocurrency, the petro, has been facing operational difficulties, with block production halting and wallets being blocked or eliminated.
  • The petro blockchain stopped generating blocks on May 24 and experienced further interruptions on May 27 and May 28, impacting user transactions.
  • Asonacrip, a local cryptocurrency association, reported eliminating and blocking hundreds of petro wallets, causing concerns among active community members.

The blockchain powering the petro, the official cryptocurrency asset of Venezuela, has encountered operational difficulties, disrupted its functionality and causing concerns among the crypto community. According to a joint statement issued by Asonacrip, a local cryptocurrency association, and Cryptoland.vzla, the Petro blockchain experienced a halt in block generation on May 24, rendering transactions between different wallets impossible. While the blockchain briefly resumed block production on May 27, it encountered another halt on May 28, exacerbating the challenges faced by users.

Hundreds of petro wallets blocked or eliminated

In addition to the operational disruptions, Asonacrip and Cryptoland.vzla highlighted the elimination and blocking of hundreds of petro wallets during the initial blockchain halt. This sudden and unannounced action left many active community members unable to access their accounts. The exact reasons behind the elimination and blocking of wallets still need to be clarified, causing frustration and concern among users. Venezuelan journalist and deputy of the Venezuelan Legislative Assembly, Mario Silva, took to social media to voice his concerns, suggesting a possible exploit and criticizing the lack of explanation provided to affected users.

The state of petro blockchain and its impact on the crypto ecosystem

The issues plaguing the petro blockchain raise significant concerns about the trust and reliability of the Venezuelan crypto ecosystem. The sudden halts and blocking of wallets not only disrupt user transactions but also undermine the confidence of both national and international communities. While the petro is a centralized currency, the authorities’ lack of transparency and sudden actions have left users feeling defenseless and their resources frozen. This situation is particularly troubling considering cryptocurrency’s crucial role in navigating Venezuela’s economic challenges.

The ongoing investigation and intervention of Sunacrip, the Venezuelan cryptocurrency watchdog further complicates the situation. The arrest of Joselit Ramirez, the former head of Sunacrip, on allegations of involvement in a multi-billion dollar crypto corruption scheme has resulted in the temporary management of the organization by an intervention board. Consequently, registered Bitcoin miners have been required to halt operations, causing significant financial losses for the sector.

Calls for clarity and safeguarding user interests

In response to the challenges faced by the petro blockchain and the broader crypto ecosystem in Venezuela, Asonacrip and Cryptoland.vzla demand clear and forceful responses from the authorities. While they acknowledge the need to address mismanagement and bad practices, they emphasize the importance of avoiding arbitrary restrictions that stifle economic liberties. The organizations call for a thorough investigation into individual cases rather than generalized restrictions that negatively impact the entire sector and impede the country’s economic development.

The Venezuelan petro blockchain is grappling with operational issues, affecting user transactions and raising concerns about the trustworthiness of the crypto ecosystem. The elimination and blocking of petro wallets without clear explanations have added to the frustrations of active community members. As the situation unfolds, it is crucial for the authorities to address the concerns raised, safeguard user interests, and foster an environment that promotes the development of cryptoeconomics in Venezuela.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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